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11/14/2010

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Edith Prentiss

If the MTA really want to reduce the number of AAR trips they need to increase the accessibility & dependability of the fixed route and subway system and expand their travel training program as well as working with NYPD to ensure buses can curb at bus stops.

Several years ago, there was to have been a pilot on Lexington Ave with officers on buses who were to ticket vehicles in the bus route and bus stops. I remember seeing traffic enforcement tow trucks descending on Fifth Ave to remove illegally parked cars so they wouldn't block express buses. We're seeing the same level of selective enforcement on the SBS routes and 34 St while in the rest of the city it is a nice surprise if you tickets written on cars & trucks standing or parked in bus stops as WC users struggle to get on/off in the street!

When I speak to WC users who use AAR about why they do, problems getting on/off buses from/onto curbs are frequently cited! Getting on/off a low floor bus' in the middle of the street which increases the ramp's slope can be very dangerous. People with sensory disabilities report that buses and even the ADA key station lack the accessibility features they need! Many WC users are unwilling to use the subways due the uncertainty if elevators are working and the gap. With this summer's cuts to bus routes people are asking for more trips on AAR.

In NYC travel training travel training for adults with physical disabilities is restricted to people who are certified for AAR! People who are blind or who have low vision receive O&M (orientation & mobility training thru CBVH.) In DC applicants are screened for travel training.

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